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Prosperity, Eternity (6): Between Holiness and ‘Prosperity’ Preaching
by Eferovo Igho
09/06/11
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Prosperity, Eternity (6): Between Holiness and ‘Prosperity’ Preaching
By Eferovo Igho

So much is being given today in our churches as offering, yet the gospel fire is cooling down, souls are becoming less genuinely saved, worldliness is growing or increasing at home and in our congregations, and some even scale across lands and seas to get proselytes or ‘converts’ that become twice children of hell than themselves. Do you know one of the reasons? The monies many offer are not from hearts acceptable to God, and are not really needed by God for the expansion of His true Kingdom. Ministers who will not preach against sin, worldliness, and ways of the children of this world may accept those monies thinking gain is godliness. They may need those monies as ‘laborers of Christ’ and spare God and what they think is His work some peanuts. Double evil: Dubious source, dubious usage.

And the ‘prosperity preaching’ continues. The nitty-gritty and essentials of the gospel are held back and hardly visited, and when visited – after a very long silence – rarely thoroughly, or even mentioned in passing. Thus, the gospel that saves a man and the man is saved indeed: saved and delivered from sin, unrighteousness, the world and the ways of the world and fashions him after Christ and makes him after His image to light the world and salt the earth, is hampered. If all the monies men ‘rake in’ from the pews in this sad age of ‘prosperity preaching’ is genuinely sourced (that is, from godly and scripturally unquestionable sources) and genuinely utilized (that is, according to how God wants them used or according to how the Peters and Pauls in their days used them), O how will the world be today!

With feigned Words making Merchandise of you
“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” – 2 Peter 2:3. Talk of words men source from the management sciences, psychology and what have you to pump up the flesh in our congregations in this sad matter presently before us! They even distort Scriptures, and almost every Scripture now can be tied to giving the mammon of unrighteousness and subsequently becoming the head and not the tail in its accumulation (resultant blessing, they would say). This writer believes that giving results in blessing. But we are talking about huge evil here.

Yours sincerely sadly found himself in a congregation a certain day where the guest preacher turned the angelic visit and prophecy to Mary about the Savior of the world (Annunciation) to real financial ‘prosperity preaching’ that knew nothing about those Scriptures of life. The host pastor and his congregation were all itching ears. At the end there was ‘seed sowing’ time and the usual accompanying ‘special anointed prayer’; and for this, the pews began empting the congregation, giver-group by giver-group – from the most giver-group to the least – into the altar. And it is sadly the trend and norm here and there. In this present case, I fear reproducing the Holy Scriptures that was unimaginably twisted to raise this fund to feed lust. Think about it: With such Scripture as this there was no mention of sin let alone talking about the evil of sin and danger of hell, repentance from sin, and salvation of the soul, living holily for Christ and the rapture or the saints going home to meet their Creator or anything spiritual. It was A-Z mammon.
But how it indescribably pays to prayerfully, compassionately and sincerely beam the Word searchlight on the sins in our midst with unyielding faith that the hearers will genuinely confess them to God, receive forgiveness and soul cleansing by the Blood of the Lamb. This is why the Church is still here. Jesus wants to save and save indeed, wants to set free and make free indeed, and the faith that brings this about comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God: The Word that pierces through to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, the Word that discern the heart and purges and sets it free from sin and makes it whole and pure for God.
In Hebrews 4:12 we read that “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Let us allow it (the Word) to do its primary work in our midst now that we still have our breath. Let us promote the center of God’s will and not mundane things. We shall join in addressing this issue with some hymns of mine. The first is a collection of posers that must very seriously concern us as preachers and Christians.

Have you seen this gate of hell?
Music, wording and dance steps from hell:
A net dragging children, youths and adults!
Have you seen the engulfed multitude here?
This broad-way’s lane terminates in hell.

Refrain

Have you seen these gates of hell?
Do you see their teeming captives as trees?
Where are the Christian mirrors?
Where is the heart-felt preaching?
And where is the agonizing prayer?
Or shall we say it doesn’t matter?

Have you seen this gate of hell?
Hell’s indecent clothing and ‘make-ups’:
A net dragging children, youth and adults!
Do you know many there be that finds it?
This broad-way’s lane terminates in hell.

Refrain

Have you seen this gate of hell?
Hell’s drama, acting and theatricals:
A net dragging children, youth and adults!
What of the untold number on this path?
This broad-way’s lane terminates in hell.

Refrain

Have you seen this gate of hell?
False marriages, porno and whoredom:
A net dragging children, youth and adults!
Do you see how reprobate men can be?
This broad-way’s lane terminates in hell.

Refrain

Have you seen this gate of hell?
Secret cults and weird ‘fraternities’:
Dragnet of elite, world leaders and all!
Do you know the horde of souls webbed in here?
This broad-way’s lane terminates in hell.

Refrain

Have you seen this gate of hell?
Forces beyond men compelling them:
Hence they so act, knowing not what they do!
How can these repent and ask for Mercy?
It’s when we earnestly pray and preach.

Refrain

The so-called prosperity preachers hardly go into what qualifies a man to give unto God. They hardly tell us that God does not really need anything from the sinner but his soul. To say that and to say it as the saints of old would put it may mean missing the offerings. So, usually the flesh and not the spirit have its way. They hardly tell us the inner character or disposition of the ‘offerer’ to God and giver to men that God accepts his offerings and gifts respectively. But may we present this:

“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling” – 1Timothy 1: 5-6. All our so-called works of charity not out of a pure heart is what 1 Corinthians 13: 3 viz.: “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing” frowns at and really do not recognize as charity; for we may be involved in them and yet have not charity or love.

Good conscience is also very vital in all will do. Then faith, but faith is here properly defined: Faith unfeigned or sincere faith. So, faith may not be sincere. We can be exhibiting faith in the pulpit that is not sincere. We can be smelling lasciviousness, and visibly engrossed in merchandising in the pulpit in the name of faith. We can be encouraging and even commanding men to obey scriptural injunction in giving but to consume on our own lust. We can be spurred to do and perform miracles by wrong motives and from what we can benefit there from. Indeed, most of the faith messages today are mere jangling, vain jangling!

Charity out of a pure heart, good conscience and faith unfeigned must attend our lives and ministries. We must not swerve or stray from them unto vain jangling. Love must be pure, conscience must be right and faith must be sincere; and we shall soon discover that we are presenting true Christianity and the people of God under us are getting it the real New Testament way. Away therefore with all these emotions and psychological maneuvering of our people because of our fleshly dictates and desires.

What Generation is this!
What happens to ‘freely you have received, freely you give’ that our holy forebears in this most precious faith held on to? Can we dare and be comfortable with laying another foundation! Or, how long shall we through covetousness feigned words and wrest Scriptures to make merchandise of men, in the Church. And how long shall we continue to turn the houses of God – at least so we call them – into dens of thieves? And, indeed, how long shall we continue to serve God and mammon together.

Of course, God has graciously allowed the individual saint to do commerce in the world, but certainly not in His altar. Commerce in His altar for individual gain is not saintly. And even in our commerce in the world He requires us to be very cautious and mindful. Yet, those who even dare to carry out individual commerce in the pulpit under whatever guise don’t even know any caution now. And so, chronic unbelievers are now catching in on this as they now put church signboards out to ‘do business’ and promote mammon. Grapevine is even full with stories of the cults now masking as churches to do brisk business. The press is also beginning to align with grapevine.

They are not satisfied with the proud, stonehearted and stiff-necked having no problem walking to the cults; they may have longed also to bring the unwary, innocent or artless into their dragnets. Now the stage has been cleared for the cults to walk out to these simple. And the signboards are erected. And the flesh needs all that. Appeals to emotion! Itching ears! And they are preyed on. And it doesn’t end with mammon only. What depth of Satanism the giving and receiving leads into we may not know. Let this second hymn drawn from Scriptures be a timely warning:

Certain men have crept in unawares.
These turn God’s grace into lasciviousness.
Ungodly men, the Scriptures call them,
Ordained of old to this condemnation!

Refrain

Let us forbid mammon worship;
Let’s not corrupt the Word of God,
Or deal untruly with the Scriptures.
But as of sincerity, but as of God,
In the sight of God, may we speak in Christ.

Through covetousness and by feigned words,
They shamelessly make merchandise of you;
Whose judgment for longtime lingers not,
And just as their damnation slumbers not!

Refrain

They that are such do not serve the Lord,
But their own belly, their very belly!
And by good words and with fair speeches,
They do deceive the hearts of the simple.

Refrain

Their very mouth must be stopped brethren.
For verily they subvert whole houses,
Teaching things which they ought not to teach;
And this they do for filthy lucre sake.

Refrain

Let’s no more walk after our own lust.
Never again should we run greedily
After Balaam’s error for reward!
Let’s spare our pulpits and pews this evil.

Refrain

I believe strongly in miracles! But source matters. Listen carefully to the messages in many places today. How much of hell and the sins that would cause men to end up in such eternally damnable place and of how to avoid all that do you hear? How much of Jesus and His (vicarious) suffering on the Cross to redeem people from that eternal damnation if only they can go to Him to settle their account of sin with Him now or today – being the only guaranteed day of salvation – do you hear? How much of Heaven and the holy life we must live by His grace and obedience to His commands that guarantees our making Heaven and dwelling eternally with an Eternal God do you hear! How much of the essence of Christianity do you see in the messages? How much of it do you seriously hear even in the so-called gospel messages, songs and choruses? And you begin to wonder what is ‘gospel’ or ‘good news’ after all. What else under the sun could be good news or gospel; the good news or gospel of Jesus Christ and the Cross; the good news or gospel that Peter, Paul and those blessed saints forever presented?

As I wrote in the introduction to the book The Rapture: Catching away of the Saints: “Even today, mammon inspired music, songs, and choruses with so-called worship and dance steps they occasion are beginning to eclipse those highly thoughtful and inspired hymns of old or yesteryears that holily presented the gospel from all ramifications, even those hymns that enrich fellowship with God, and that help us look up; that help us examine our lives from time to time, help us deepen our consecration, help us find our closets; that help stir up faith and put us out to zealous and faithful service for our God.” What generation is this! What is this that Satan has made many to believe is Christianity today?

Do we see anything like broad-way Christianity in Scriptures? Christianity is a holy heavenly Seed God brought from holy Heaven to this world of sin, planted into the earth, and which sprouted and brought up holy seeds called saints who are now growing up in holiness towards their holy source and root: Heaven, while beaming the heavenly light for men to see and embrace, and not too long after now shall be caught up in the rapture to that sublime eternal place of God; from whence the Seed (God’s only begotten Son of the Father) and the seeds (the sons that the Son now begets for the Father) return in all holiness, glory and power to plant and lead God’s righteous rule on the earth.

What is this we are doing? One finds it real difficult representing a very sad issue. Truly, except we repent our “judgment now of a long time lingereth not”, and our “damnation slumbereth not”.

Fleshly Recourse to the Old Testament
There is really no way you can promote mammon with New Testament Scriptures without wresting, twisting and giving those fleshy interpretations. So we are not surprise that some now do just that; we are only sad because of its general evil and the peril awaiting victims. And because, you cannot promote mammon in the New Testament without sounding real odd, these ordinarily New Testament believers think they are more at home with the Old Testament Scriptures. They think they can truly justify their growing appetite in those pages. And they often bring in Old Testament characters. Because they often refer to Abraham and Job, we have elected to talk about these blessed and holy patriarchs in separate parts in this series. But we must preempt our take there here:

Both men actually represent the sum of this series we have styled: “Prosperity, Eternity: Why receive, why give!” Talk of the righteousness that must be home to God’s provision lest we make shipwreck of our faith you find it in these two. Talk of caretakers of God’s provision for His people then talk of both men. Talk about channels of distribution, and what examples in these! And talk of how God’s provisions with us can be used by us to secure Heaven or lay hold on eternal life these are rare human examples. Abraham and Job knew the ministry of money so perfectly. In the Day of Judgment I see their examples condemning very many of us, except we repent and stop justifying the actions of our flesh with saintly characters like Abraham and Job.

Those who talk about David in this wise know nothing about this man after God’s heart, man of war fighting the Lord’s battles, the king of Israel and custodian that is anything Israel, the great Psalmist who is always in the presence of God receiving all graces, and a wonderful type of Christ. David is a man sold out to God. Understand David in the Psalms and you will know He has nothing of his own, but all of God’s. Understand him in the historical books and you will know him as a man who will not give anything to God except it cost him something. And for a thing to be said to cost you something implies giving from beyond your excesses; it means giving that which you need, that which is vital and necessary: It means you making sacrifice! Mammon evil: not David!

Hear David in Psalm 37:23-26: “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”

David says that the steps of a good man (a righteous man that is) are ordered by the Lord. How wonderful for a man to live a righteous life. This is the heartthrob of David, not mammon of unrighteousness. He says God delights in him (the righteous man) and that no matter what he goes through God is with him upholding him in His Hands. And we know how God was really with David: a righteous man. Now hear the righteous or seeker of the Kingdom and its righteousness give us a revelation: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” That is what happens to the righteous. These additives come automatic for all who live right for God. They just come, but don’t forget: they come according to our needs, and the needs of others but coming through us. So, we are not through with David yet: He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Who is ever merciful here? David says it is the righteous. Do we need to explain what ‘ever’ means? And, of course, we know what merciful means, at least grammatically.

Then one aspect of merciful or one way ‘merciful’ manifests itself gains the highlight here. David says he lendeth; not in our modern sense of loan but he gives, provides, bestows or distributes. He lends. That is always the purpose of the excesses, all that is above our sincere needs. That is blessed David. So, Church: why not major in the majors, fundamentals and essentials of the faith and allow God to add what He says He will add, and ask for grace to use them as He purposes; grace to be able to faithfully distribute whatever is in excess of our genuine needs; so that there would be equality in the household of faith.

Solomon is also their major reference point, and we will briefly draw attention to Solomon now. It is written in 1Kings 3:11-13: “And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.”

What did Solomon asked for? Was it mammon of unrighteousness? Not at all! He asked for himself understanding especially with a view to discern judgment among God’s people as God’s representative. God answered precisely thus: “I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart”. And God also gave the additives. That is the way in both Testaments. Solomon sought after doing God’s will and His good pleasure. You would say in New Testament parlance that he sought the Kingdom of God and its righteousness first; and God added these things the heathen seek after to him. Only the heathen seek after these things.

But they are added to seekers of the Kingdom and its righteousness. They are added according to needs of the individual and of the Household of Faith through the individual or steward. But the individual steward that consumes the commonwealth has an account to render. Let not our appetite take us from the plan of God through us for our generation. “And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite” Proverbs 23:2 tells us. Of course, how these additives took Solomon off track is well known. But his Proverbs (words of wisdom) and Ecclesiastics (words of the preacher) we have a restored picture of Solomon and they (Proverbs and Ecclesiastics) must be lessons enough for us in this our present subject matter because many have made shipwreck of their faith today for either seeking after the things God says He will add or misusing the additives.


Happy is the Man that finds Wisdom
Proverbs 3:13-14 says that “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.” It is not carnal wisdom that is referred to here. James 3:15-18 tells us that wisdom can be earthly, sensual and devilish; and that such did not descend from above. Carnal wisdom is what is throwing up most of the messages on prosperity today. That is what is promoting most of the management, economic and psychology messages coming from our pulpit today. That is what is taking logical reasoning to the same realm with the world today. That is what is appealing to the emotions of the people today. This is what is stirring up many a minister to ask for money or ‘preach prosperity’ (whichever you prefer), ‘pray miracle prayers’, and give their prophecies today. And the people are preyed upon. It is mostly merchandising.

Carnal wisdom or feigned words! This is what is promoting most of the miracles, breakthrough and those family of messages today that ‘humans need badly’ even as they hardly care to present (let alone thoroughly present) the greatest miracle and greatest breakthrough that man needs which is freedom from sin and the other side of the coin; which is, living holily unto God, seeking the Kingdom of God and its righteousness, becoming more and more like Christ; with the final result that we can dwell with God eternally. These are the real miracles, the real breakthroughs: Freedom from sin and living holily unto God (which translates to freedom from Satan and all that Satan represents), becoming more and more like Jesus Christ, seeking the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and inhabiting eternity with God.

Only Satan, I dare say, would want men to take these to the rear why we are almost always bombarded with the things Christ say He will add. Most of us have fallen prey to the devices of Satan because the things that touch the flesh are felt much and men want to quickly fix them; and messages tilted thus can bring in the money. Yes, they may not be told that they are buying their solution but there are other expressions (2 Peter 2:3) that they employ to take care of that. And the money comes anyway. Men can give anything to take care of this perishing clay.

But O where are the ministers that would look beyond the flesh of men into the soul that perishes not (it lives forever in either ends of eternity) and present the true gospel and give sound Bible teachings. Yes, the offering may not become as fat. But that supposed lean, but of course, holy offering in the Hands of God can do more things than we can ever imagine. But more than that: What can really be used to exchange one single soul that genuinely finds His Maker and is restored to fellowship with Him, fellowship in Truth and in Spirit. Can a trillion dollar offering compensate? Many a ministers may prefer the cash than the soul. But it ought not to be so. The salvation of the soul is and must be paramount.

O the pardon Christ’s Cross offers!
Its unconditional forgiveness:
You’re not obliged to come with a price,
Or character deserving of mercy.

Refrain

Emmanuel invites all today:
“Unto you, O men, I call.
And My voice is to the sons of men”,
“Ho! Everyone that thirsts,
Come you to the waters”;
“Come unto Me all you that labor,
And are heavy laden,
And I will give you rest”.

O the pardon Christ’s Cross offers!
It is compassionate forgiveness:
“Turn you; turn you from your evil ways,
For why will you die”, says the loving God.

Refrain

O the pardon Christ’s Cross offers!
It is instantaneous forgiveness.
The same day Zacchaeus met Jesus he heard:
“This day is salvation come to this house”.

Refrain

O the pardon Christ’s Cross offers!
It is full and glorious forgiveness.
The day the young son returned home,
He got his royal robe, ring, shoes and feast.

Refrain

O the pardon Christ’s Cross offers!
He that is forgiven is reckoned
As if he had never sinned at all.
So is he who answers the call today.

Refrain

But come to think of it: Don’t genuinely saved souls living right for God almost always receive the additions God said He will add when they seek the Kingdom of God and its righteousness? Is it not therefore gross foolishness to railroad unsuspecting people into seeking and ‘buying’ medicine for the flesh that very often deny them getting solution for that all important soul when if the subject matter of sin is well handled and the soul is actually saved and guided with sound biblical truth it will also get the medicine for the flesh without buying it?

But “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.” Happy is the man that finds wisdom for it is the principal thing. And the fear of the Lord is the beginning of it. And the fear of the Lord is simply settling our sin account with Him now and living the holy life. “For the merchandise of it is better than merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold”. “The merchandise” of “seeking the Kingdom of God and its righteousness” cannot be quantified. It’s all spiritually glorious: Now and in all eternity.

Where are the preachers and congregation that will find this wisdom? The merchandise of this is better than the merchandise of silver and the gain thereof than fine gold. And besides being the beneficiary of all that glorious spiritual merchandise we have this promise too that even the silver and gold will be added. So, why don’t we dwell on what is first, what really matters, and what make eternal sense rather than dwell on the transient things which shall be added anyway if we know the way of wisdom, fear of the Lord and holy living?


Is this not Plain Enough?

Is this not really plain enough: "No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly" – Psalm 84:11). So, why don’t we encourage, turn our pulpits to preaching and teaching upright living and saturate the minds of the people with these instead of the mammon spurred messages we bombard us with. Because if we do and the people are living right they will still get these good things anyway!

And what is even ‘good thing’ by the way? It is different from what most of us think; it is gotten differently from what most of us think; and it is used differently from what most of us think. ‘Good’ must be according to the definition of God. It must be according to what God sees as good for us, and certainly not according to our pride of life, lust of the eye and lust of the flesh; for the latter is always injurious and very damning and so cannot be ‘good’ at all. Good must necessarily be according to our needs, and anything in excess of what should meet our needs i.e. what is not really necessary to us (and need must be defined by the spirit and not the flesh) cannot be really good to us as individuals; but certainly good for others who really may need it.

"No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly". The choice of the plural pronoun ‘them’ may also be very instructive. It would have been implied that God may not just be talking of the individual alone if He were to use the singular pronoun. But even now He uses the plural. We must suppose He has in His mind the group, a people, a generation more than the individual person. No good thing will He withhold from these that walk uprightly; and the fulfillment of this can be understood by Scriptural principle of His channels distributing these provisions until there is none that has more than needed and there is none that lack; until there be equality.
So, yes, God can supply these things to a few because the people are living uprightly. And because these very channels God has chosen to provide these things are themselves living uprightly, they will certainly do upright things and the upright way with these provisions from the God and Father of the Household of Faith.

Of course, we know as the so-called prosperity preachers know that "They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing" – Psalm 34:10. But we also know that seeking the Lord, that is His Kingdom and its righteousness is the clear emphasis and admonition here; and if done or obeyed, the good things shall come. This is the Old Testament equivalent of seeking the Kingdom of God and its righteousness and all these things shall be added unto us.

Because of this so-called prosperity preaching today we hardly talk about the saintly life today. And yet this is the life that takes to Heaven. We have this in 1 Corinthians 15:19: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” Christianity is so easy today you wonder why Jesus Christ should even come to die at all in the first place; you wonder why over the years there should be martyrs at all; and you wonder too why over the years missionaries should hazard their lives for the nations.

Can Christianity really be as most of us present it today? The definition most of us give to it with our messages and lifestyle suits the world so well. That explains why the world can conveniently come around, stay around, play around with us (in the fellowships I mean) and go back to normalcy. That also explains why we can also conveniently go to the world, stay around, play around (in those jestings, backbiting, murmurings and stuffs like that, and diverse unequal yoking without any beam of light, any drop of salt) and go back to normalcy: the mammon preaching game; because what seems to matter is the money. Really!

Seek not great Things for Yourself
Why must we twist Scriptures and feign intention? Why in the name of the gospel must we continue to serve our flesh and belly? The story of the widow and her mites present another lesson other than God approving what we give on the basis of what is left behind which is an area we dealt with elsewhere in this series. God uses a mite given with a heart, motivation and disposition acceptable to Him more than millions of dollars from people with heart, motivation and disposition that He abhors. We are talking of God. This may not be true or may not sound logical with many a ministers. Many a ‘prosperity ministers’ may need those millions; may even exalt those givers; make them deacons and whatever; and make them sit in high seats in their congregations but God acts otherwise. God looked at the heart and consecration of that widow.

Many humans including many a ministers or many of His disciples today would say they that ‘cast in much’ gave more. But it does not always go like that with God. In this very case, the one who ‘threw in two mites’ (which is a farthing) ‘cast more in’.

Do you know one of the reasons false religions and cults are spreading here and there? It is because God’s wealth for His Church are corrupted and rusted by many who are not putting the wealth to purpose; with the result that evil is fast sponsored by the heathen. Is it any wonder therefore that the scripture says that… “The prosperity of fools shall destroy them” – Proverbs. 1:32. We think it is high time we gave the proper meaning to Christian prosperity because many are walking after their own lusts (Jude. 1:16) and through covetousness are feigning words so as to make merchandise of the people (2 Peter. 2:3).

God said long time ago: “And seeks you great things for yourself? Seek them not…” – Jeremiah 45:5. That command gained even more strength in the New Testament. Prosperity is promised the Church. Every New Testament believer is a son of consolation. He is a Barnabas. There ought to be no lack in the Church for if one member suffers the others suffer with him – 1 Corinthians 12:26. In fact, and as already stated, neither was there any among them that lacked; for as many as were possessors of lands or house sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles feet: AND DISTRIBUTION WAS MADE UNTO EVERY MAN ACCORDING AS HE HAD NEED – Acts 4:34, 35. Many think this practice is impracticable today. We do not think they are right. That is a perfect example of self-denial, consecration, love for the brethren, and concern for the great commission that recommends itself to our present church age. It is a practice that abhors surfeiting and selfishness. That practice took after the example of the Master and demands express alignment with it in our day.

We shall conclude with two hymns of mine; and as we do, let us find more grace to live consecrated and holy lives for God and to mind first things first so that we would be able to finish our ministry or fulfill our calling; and so that we can be among the few that will hear those eternally gracious and ever resonating Words of our Master: ‘WELCOME, My faithful servant’!

DARE TO BE AMONG THE FEW TODAY!

Dare to be among the few today.
For while few are purifying their lives,
While on Heaven they focus remain,
Multitude is at ease in Zion!

Refrain

Multitude is at ease in Zion;
Many there are that find the broad-way.
Lord, never let me so to be.
Make me stick with the few on the strait way,
To be rapture-ready at the Last Trump!

Dare to be among the few today.
For while few are prayer-overwhelmed,
Because our very Lord expects this,
Multitude is at ease in Zion!

Refrain

Dare to be among the few today.
For while few are selfishly preaching,
Not for selfish gain or belly’s sake,
Multitude do surfeit in Zion!

Refrain

Dare to be among the few today.
For while few become like Barnabas,
Though wealthy, yet living poor for Christ,
Multitude do surfeit in Zion!

Refrain

Dare to be among the few today.
For while few are hazarding their lives,
And some, in the swelling of Jordan,
Multitude is at ease in Zion!

Refrain
TELL ARCHIPPUS TO FULFILL HIS CALL

You may now ask of the old path.
Strive to enter in at the strait gate.
As pilgrim, seek the home above.
Seek you that City that has foundation;
That eternal home of sons of glory!

Refrain

Tell Archippus to fulfill his call,
To spend and be spent for the Lord,
To walk and work with fear and trembling:
For soon must he give God stewardship account!
So tell Archippus, tell Archippus.

Crucify the flesh and keep pure.
Try to live peaceably with all men.
Cast not away your confidence.
Remove not the old or ancient landmark.
Love the brethren of Christ with unfeigned love.

Refrain

Earnestly contend for the faith.
Resolve to fight this good fight of faith.
From the days of John the Baptist
The kingdom of our God suffers violence,
And only the violent takes it by force.

Refrain

Study unto God’s approval.
Preach the Word pure and undiluted.
Some preach for gain and belly’s sake.
With feigned words they make merchandise of men.
Never should you choose their pernicious way.

Refrain

Love not the world that these eyes see.
Mind you not high things, O my brother!
Come down to men of low estate.
Make your moderation known to all men,
While laying priceless treasures in Heaven!

Refrain

Igho writes from Warri.


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